New-Look Texans Anoint Matt Schaub QB No. 1
By Mark Fagan,
1:15PM, Thu. Mar. 22, 2007
The David Carr era is officially over. It's hard to hate a guy of upstanding character like Carr, but he's been given more than enough time to prove he's a winner, failed at that, and now it's time for a change. That change comes in the form of three-year NFLer Matt Schaub whom the Texans acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons and signed to six-year deal – once again rolling the dice on a multi-year deal for a QB who has yet to prove himself in the NFL. Schaub has started three NFL games to date. But with Jake Plummer retiring and Jeff Garcia signing with the Bucs, as soon as Schaub was available the Texans moved in. The Texans obviously felt Schaub was worth it and went back on their previous stance of not trading their much-needed draft picks. They swapped first-round positions in the upcoming draft giving the Falcons their eighth pick and dropping to Atlanta's No. 10 spot. Not a huge deal, but, they also traded a No. 2 pick in the '07 draft and a No. 2 in 2008. They painted themselves in a corner by signing Carr to a three-year deal last year, thereby passing on Vince Young. Oh yeah, they also snubbed USC phenom Reggie Bush. Hopefully a healthy Mario Williams will help the Texans' front office save a little face on this questionable move. Can't accuse the Texans of pandering to their fan base. Sage Rosenfels and Bradlee Van Pelt will back up Schaub next season with Rosenfels most likely being Houston's No. 2.
With the addition of veteran running back Ahman Green earlier this month, the Texans will have a new look on offense next season. Green ran for 1,059 last year, averaging four yards per carry with five hundred-plus rushing games. During his nine-year career he's ran the ball 1,871 times for 8,491 yards at 4.5 per carry. Good numbers, but can he hold up in a league where a running back is lucky to have three or four good years? The Texans have yet to secure a solid No. 2 receiver to take some heat off Pro Bowler Andre Johnson as well. Should be an interesting sixth year for the young Houston franchise.